The Tigers returned to action last weekend in the Winchmore Hill 6-a-side competition, a formula ideally suited to the team, since six is about par for players being available on any given Sunday.
Perhaps against expectations, they won their group and progressed to the semi-final, where they came unstuck against a strong local team that contained 1st and 2nd XI players. Chris Wright, who has purportedly been tarting for the world and his dog during recent Tiger downtime, was in particularly good nick, three times having to retire undefeated having reached 30 runs, his fine form seemingly inversely proportional to the application of his razor.
The afternoon hinged on the outcome of the first group match. Chasing 81 in the 5 stipulated overs, the Tigers required 8 from the last over, in which Chris Boden played out four dot balls. Needing four from the last delivery, the Tigers only triumphed due to a fielding lapse on the boundary. However, building on their fortune, they won their next two games fairly comfortably, thanks to Wrighty and some good hitting from Ali Sikandar and Joe Webster.
The semi proved a match too far. Despite another 30 from Wright, the innings tailed off somewhat to 58, a total knocked off by the WH Coaches VI in just 16 balls. Nevertheless, it had been a good effort, the team winning as many matches in a couple of hours as they had all season! Hopefully the full team will be back in 40-over action next weekend (July 29), though the prognosis for August is not great due to school and family holidays, not to mention the start of the football season.
Team: Stewart Taylor, Chris Wright, Chris Boden, Ali Sikandar, Joe Webster, Matt Webster, Steve Rennie
As to the future of the club, talks with Winchmore Hill for a possible official merger are ‘progressing well’ according to a source close to both clubs. Should this go ahead, very little will change, except players who wish to continue will owe their allegiance, annual subs and match fees to Winchmore Hill, who doubtless will not allow players the financial latitude they enjoy with the Tigers. Some re-branding may be required and some matches may be switched to Saturday as WH seek to expand non-league fixtures, but this will at least preclude Tiger members having to find a weekly excuse for their non-availability.